Oakland A's Minor League Pitching Coordinator Gil Patterson recently spent time at both the A's…
Looking Beyond The Top-50
Josh Horton: Horton, the A's second round pick in 2007, did a lot of things well for Stockton in 2008. He hit for average (.277 BA), saw a lot of pitches, walked a decent amount and played solid defense at short. Horton was a big part of the Ports' championship run (.388 average with a .483 OBP in the playoffs), enhancing his reputation as a player who plays a big part on winning teams. He struggled badly down the stretch of the regular season, however, managing only a 587 OPS after the All-Star break after hitting .302 with a 795 OPS before the break. Horton also didn't hit for any power, collecting only 20 extra-base hits in 477 at-bats. A more consistent campaign and a little more drive in his swing could move Horton up these rankings quickly next season. Petey Paramore: Paramore was the A's third-round pick this season out of Arizona State. The switch-hitting catcher came to the A's with a quad strain that limited him for the first few weeks after he signed. He hit well for the A...
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